bani wrote:'wow i really wish linux had an IDE as nice as visual studio'
Im working with VS - its a nice IDE, but personally Im not missing it when using linux.
bani wrote:'microsoft does a better job of ui integration and usability than anyone else'
I would cut back on the 'anyone' *cough* Apple *cough* - but the Windows UI is of cause far more consistent than the various linux DEs and probably will always be.
bani wrote:'wow linux api documentation sucks hard, msdn.microsoft.com is very nice'.
True point, but "documentation" just works different in linux. For example for Windows API questions IRC is not at all as helpful as for linux coding.
bani wrote:that's about all I can think of.
of course total control of every aspect of the OS from top to bottom ensures you can enforce uniformity, whether your developers and vendors like it or not. (this is one of the things i dislike about both microsoft and apple, fwiw).
i can tell you a lot of places microsoft sucks like a hurricane, but then i'm sure microsoft is aware of all that already.
Microsoft has taken backwards compatibility and API stability more seriously then linux has. This is a convinience for third party app writers - but it is also becoming a huge liability. But compare this to linux, where some close source apps (by the now closed loki games) are already experiencing minor to major hickups for a install.
All these decisions are two-edged swords - they cut both ways ...